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Published on January 3rd, 2014 | by Kelly Rose Bradford


New service launches for separating parents

Relationship charity OnePlusOne has launched an online service to help separating parents make arrangements for their children.

Splitting Up? Put Kids First is a free resource which gives mums and dads ideas for parenting plans and how to communicate amicably.

Parents can use the site to share ideas and record decisions about their children, using either their own parenting plan or a template. The service compares versions and highlights where they don’t match up, allowing mums and dads to then make changes and click to agree or disagree.

The site also provides short videos with ideas on how parents can best communicate, negotiate and solve problems regarding their family.

Penny Mansfield CBE, director of OnePlusOne said that acting early to make arrangements for children can make a big difference to the separation process.

“Separating parents can become entrenched in their positions,” she said. “If couples have a very nasty break-up they may find it impossible to work out arrangements for their children. If we can encourage them to think about new childcare needs before it becomes too difficult, that will be much better for everyone.”

She added that the service  is available 24 hours a day, and is designed to help people settle their arrangements without incurring legal costs. 

“We know from years of research at OnePlusOne the immense distress separation can cause. Nothing like this has ever been tried before, which is why we’re so excited about it,” Penny said. “Our hope is it will remove much of the bitterness involved in a break-up because you don’t have to make an appointment or go to a place where you have to define yourself in a certain way.”

Splitting Up? Put Kids First is available in English and Welsh and has been created to Double A accessibility standard for those with visual impairment.

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Kelly Rose Bradford

is a London-based journalist and broadcaster, writing for the Daily Mail, the Daily Express, the Sunday Telegraph, and a host of women's magazines. Her robust opinions and feisty debating skills make her in demand as a social commentator, regularly guesting on ITV's This Morning programme, and across many radio stations, including 5 Live and BBC Radio London.

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